Jim's View: Barefoot bowls

Jim's View: Barefoot bowls

SHOWS how desperate clubs are to have people on their greens when they foster barefoot bowls.

The clubs are ostriches burying their heads in the ditch sand, trying not to think about the legal implications if somebody is injured not wearing anything on their feet.

A worker who goes on to the job without the correct footwear is not covered for compensation if his foot is injured. Similarly, a bowls club's insurance policy won't pay for barefoot injuries.

Bowls is a gentle enough sport but the chances of injuries to a bare foot are high. A bowl weighs around a kilogram and if dropped on unprotected toes can cause damage.

However, the main threat is the poison used on the greens - some of this entering a cut under the foot, or even a bad case of tinea, and a leg could be lost.

Any club facing a compensation payout for that would have to shut up shop.

If clubs aren't sure of their legal responsibilities in this matter, they should contact a lawyer.

Certainly we need bowlers on our greens. But sometimes the risk in the means being used to get them isn't worth taking.



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